Guide to the John Stanley Webster Papers 1901-1963
Cage 459

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Webster, John Stanley
Title
John Stanley Webster Papers
ID
Cage 459
Date [inclusive]
1901-1963
Extent
2650.0 items.
General Physical Description note
1 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Political and professional correspondence, financial papers, photographs and other papers. Principal correspondents include United States Senator W.L. Jones, United States Representative J.W. Summers, Yakima publisher W.W. Robertson, and Washington State Supreme Court Justices Kenneth Mackintosh and W.J. Millard. Also Webster's correspondence relating to the breeding and showing of English bulldogs.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 459, John Stanley Webster Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

John Stanley Webster was born in Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky on February 22, 1877. He attended public school and Smith's Classical School for Boys. After studing law at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor from 1897 to 1899 he returned home to Harrison County to practice law and then, 1902-1906, serve as Prosecuting Attorney. After successfully prosecuting a particularly difficult and extended case involving family feuds and murder, Webster left Kentucky and moved to Spokane, Washington, in May 1906. There he established a small law practice which he combined with efforts at farming. He became Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Spokane County in 1907 and the following year married Mary Gertrude Lathrum, daughter of John Lathrum, longtime sheriff of Whitman County. In 1909, Acting Governor M. E. Hay appointed Webster to the bench as Judge of the Superior Court for Spokane County, a position he held until 1916. Webster served as Associate Justice of the State Supreme Court from 1916 to 1918. He was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives from the 5th Congressional District of Washington in November 1918 and served in the House from March 4, 1919 to May 8, 1923 when he resigned to become U. S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Washington. He served in that capacity until August 1, 1938, when he retired owing to ill health. Judge Webster was a resident of Spokane, Washington until his death on December 24, 1962.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection reflects Webster's judicial career, specifically his tenure on the bench of the U. S. District Court for Eastern Washington, from 1923 through the later 1930s. The papers deal only in a passing fashion with his career as a Superior Court judge for Spokane County or as an Associate Justice of the Washington Supreme Court. There is virtually no material from Webster's service as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives for the 5th Congressional District of Washington.

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Arrangement note

The papers of John Stanley Webster are arranged alphabetically in a single subject series. Included in the papers are correspondence, financial material, newspaper clippings, certificates and letters of appointment, biographical and obituary material, a single speech, and photographs. The material dates from 1901 through 1963, but the bulk of the papers come from the period of the early 1920s through the mid-1930s. Every effort has been made to retain the original order of the Webster papers as they were received; the order within the individual files has been preserved.

The correspondence, which comprises the vast majority of the papers, has been divided into four groups: General, 1909-1940, Endorsements, 1931-1932; Personal, 1923-1934, and 1962; and Dog Breeding and Showing, 1926-1937. The General Correspondence begins with Webster's appointment to the bench as U. S. District Court Judge for Eastern Washington. It includes both in-coming and out-going letters to lawyers, judges, and other individuals involved with legal questions. This material covers the period from 1909 through 1940 with the bulk of the material from the period 1923-1934. It is arranged in alphabetical groups, "A-D, E-K, L-M, N-R, S-Z," but within these groups there is no apparent order. Separate files have been established for individuals with whom Webster frequently corresponded. The Endorsements Correspondence consists primarily of letters of recommendation written by Webster for individuals seeking positions of employment or political office. The endorsements cover the period 1931-1932 and include both in-coming and out-going correspondence. The Personal file consists of letters from Webster's professional friends generally regarding topics of personal interest to Webster. This file is roughly arranged in a chronological fashion by year from 1923 through 1934. There are, however, several letters from December 1924.

Webster owned, bred, and showed English Bulldogs and there is a correspondence group which deals exclusively with this activity. It dates from 1926 through 1937 and is arranged alphabetically by the letters of the alphabet. There is no chronological sequence or alphabetical order within the filing group. For example, all the correspondence concerning showing and raising dogs under the letter "B" within the period 1927 through 1937 is filed together but has no internal arrangement within the filing unit. Separate files have been established by Webster for certain individuals or subjects; these have been placed within the alphabetical order after the appropriate letter of the alphabet. For example, "Pedigrees" has been placed after "P."

The second largest group of material in the Webster papers consists of financial documents, such as insurance receipts, cancelled checks and bank statements, receipts, and invoices. This material covers the periods from 1901-1906 and 1923-1939. It is arranged in an alphabetical letter sequence; the material in these lettered folders has no discernable internal order.

Also included are course notes from Webster's law school days at the University of Michigan, newspaper clippings from his early Superior Court judicial career, undated photographs of Webster and unidentified persons, an undated speech that Webster delivered concerning the relationship between government and business, certificates and documents of appointment to various offices, and obituary material.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1982

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of John Stanley Webster (1877-1962) of Spokane, Washington, were donated to the Washington State University Libraries by Mrs. George B. Thomas in two separate accessions, in January 1977 (MS 77-1)--processed in November 1977--and April 1978 (MS 78-14).

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Washington (State)--Politics and government -- Sources

Occupation(s)

  • Judges--Washington (State)--Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Jones, Wesley Livsey, 1863-1932
  • Mackintosh, Kenneth, 1875-
  • Millard, William Jones, 1883-
  • Robertson, Wilbur Wade
  • Summers, John William, 1870-1937
  • Webster, John Stanley, 1877-1962 --Archives

Subject(s)

  • Dogs -- Breeding
  • Government and Politics
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box-folder

Biographical and Obituary Material 1962-1963   11 items.

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Certificates and Appointment Documents 1909 1923 1939   4.0 items.

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Correspondence: 

General 1909-1940 

Box-folder

A-Z 1909   1.0 item.

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A-Z 1923   300.0 items.

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A-D 1923-Jan. 1, 1935   150.0 items.

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E-K 1923-Jan. 1, 1935   115.0 items.

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Hart, Charles C. 1923-1929   20.0 items.

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Jones, Hon. Wesley L. 1923-Jan. 1, 1935   70.0 items.

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Judicial Salary Bill 1924-Jan. 1, 1935   40.0 items.

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L-M 1923-Jan. 1, 1935   120.0 items.

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MacKintosh, Kenneth 1923-1926   20.0 items.

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Millard, William J. 1923-1930   25.0 items.

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N-R 1923-Jan. 1, 1935   110.0 items.

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Robertson, Col. W. W. 1923-Jan. 1, 1935   10.0 items.

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S-Z 1923-Jan. 1, 1935   145.0 items.

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Summers, Hon. John W. 1923-Jan. 1, 1935   20.0 items.

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A-Z 1935-1940   13.0 items.

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Box-folder

Endorsements 1931-1932   225.0 items.

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Personal 1923-1934 1962   287.0 items.

1 / 20-21

Dog Breeding and Showing 1926-1937 

Box-folder

American Kennel Club 1926-1932   30.0 items.

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B 1927-1937   13.0 items.

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Bingham, James F. 1930-1933   35.0 items.

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C 1923-1933   12.0 items.

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Cleverly Bachelor 1929-1933   50.0 items.

1 / 26-27

D 1928-1931   30.0 items.

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E 1930   3.0 items.

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G 1931-1934   50.0 items.

1 / 30

H 1927-1933   5.0 items.

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Insurance 1929   1.0 item.

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J 1930   6.0 items.

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K 1927-1930   4.0 items.

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L 1932-1937   30.0 items.

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M 1923 1937   3.0 items.

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N-0 1928-1933   11.0 items.

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P 1927-1933   25.0 items.

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Pedigrees 1928-1931   20.0 items.

1 / 39

R 1928-1931   35.0 items.

1 / 40

S 1927-1933   11.0 items.

1 / 41

Smith, W. Earle 1928-1930   145.0 items.

1 / 42

Sparkes, R. P. 1928-1931   20.0 items.

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T 1930-1931 1937   66.0 items.

1 / 44

W 1926-1933   10.0 items.

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Wheaten, Ivan P. 1931-1932   55.0 items.

1 / 46

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Box-folder

Course Notes: Equity Jurisprudence and Partnership undated   1.0 item.

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Financial Material 1901-1939 

Box-folder

 1901-1906   6.0 items.

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A 1925-Jan. 1, 1935   75.0 items.

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B-C 1923-Jan. 1, 1935   50.0 items.

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D-H 1923-Jan. 1, 1935   35.0 items.

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J 1925-Jan. 1, 1935   65.0 items.

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K-Q 1923-Jan. 1, 1925   1075.0 items.

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S 1924-Jan. 1, 1925   145.0 items.

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T 1926-Jan. 1, 1935   1015.0 items.

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A-Z 1935-1939   75.0 items.

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Box-folder

Newspaper Clippings 1909-1910   4.0 items.

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Photographs undated   10 items.

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Speech: Government and Business, undated   1.0 item.

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Oversized: photographs, elections posters, certificates   10 items.

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